Warren Miller movie makes South Shore debut
For its 58th annual feature film, Warren Miller Entertainment went back to the playground.
“Playground,” the 2007 installment of Warren Miller’s annual ski and snowboard film, makes its South Shore debut at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at MontBleu Casino Resort and Spa. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show.
“The playground is a place where authority figures cease to exist, where fun and challenge are the only goals and creativity and freedom the only rules,” said director and producer Max Bervy. “This year, we followed the leading athletes of the industry on a journey to a special place where anything is possible on the side of a snow-covered mountain. Because, for more than half a century, we’ve found skiers and snowboarders in every corner of the globe … and we found them all in the same place, the “‘playground.'”
Playgrounds range from Sweden to Canada, Alaska to Japan, and beyond. Filmmakers followed the pint-sized Burton Smalls elite snowboard team through Mammoth’s massive park, chased maverick U.S. racer Bode Miller through the gates, and traveled to the United Arab Emirates to take on the great indoors at Ski Dubai with Andreas Hatveit and Austin Ross. The playground equipment involved extends beyond the usual alpine, tele and snowboard gear to include paragliders, chain saws, rifles and even a few surprises.
“‘Playground’ has more variety in it than any of the past films,” said frequent Warren Miller guest star Chris Anthony, who takes to the air in a tongue-in-cheek send-up of Woody Allen’s “Sleeper.” (That’s really stuntman Eric Scott with the strap-on flying device.) “And of course, low-angle small-canopy flying in Switzerland … Dubai and the jet pack!”
The Beastie Boys, Maroon 5, Queens of the Stone Age, among other bands, contribute to the soundtrack.
While the role of Warren Miller, the annual event’s namesake, has decreased in the past few years, the 87-year-old filmmaker returns as narrator for some segments.
The Stateline screenings are part of the movie’s tour through more than 190 U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Warren Miller films tour the country in cinematic widescreen as part of the country’s only high-definition, nationwide film tour, and they have garnered a cultlike following as the unofficial start of winter for legions of skiers, snowboarders and moviegoers.